Human Touch

Bruce Springsteen, growing up, he wanted to be, among other people, Willy DeVille.

But that is never going to happen.

Here is DeVille.

Springsteen, he is simply not in that league. And, bully for him. One reason tbruce_springsteen_and_patti_scialfa_picwhy: Springsteen, he is actually alive at age 60. Whereas DeVille never made it.

Springsteen grew up in New Jersey. He was a geek, and a greaser, and a nobody.

In high school, they laughed at him, and considered him stupid.

He was dirty and greasy and he played a guitar and he sang.

All the sleek shiny sinuous blonde girls, they snickered at the sight of him.

Springsteen, playing the guitar, and singing, proceeded to, because that’s how the universe wanted it, earn eleventy-billion dollars.

Sleek shiny sinuous blond girls, they now thought him, well, maybe, not so bad.

So Springsteen married one. A sleek shiny sinuous blond girl. A model. Julianne Phillips. In awe, he married her. He, from a world of geek and grease. A woman considered, in his culture, physically perfect. She, a woman emblematic, of what he never dreamed he might ever attain.

But: alas: a mistake. Which Springsteen, less than two years later, began to confess—because confession is what he then did, in his art—in his album Tunnel Of Love.

One of the songs on the album, “Human Touch”—among the backup singers for the tune: Patti Scalfia.

Scalfia grew up in New Jersey. She was a geek, and a greaser, and a nobody.

In school, they laughed at her, and considered her stupid.

She was dirty and greasy and she played a guitar and she sang.

All the swaggering dillweed jockbrained boys, they snickered at the sight of her.

Springsteen and Scalfia: they belonged together.

Eventually, even they figured that out.

On the Tunnel Of Love tour, that was it for the Springsteen/Phillips marriage.

Eventually, even Ms. Phillips, was apprised of this fact.

Springsteen and Scalfia, each night, sang those “Human Touch” lines, looking into each other’s eyes. Their eyes the words written for.

Below is hardly the best version of “Human Touch” available on the intertubes. But it is the most exact. At least for what I want to extract from it.

Which is that these people—Springsteen and Scalfia—are deeply, intextricably in love. And more than 20 years on. Still, even, with sexual fire. All that evident from 0:05 to 0:30. He, there, displays that he knows he is a man, blessed to be with this woman. And she lets us know, that she also knows, that he is so blessed.

And there is more. Later in the song. But you get to find, and feel, that, for yourself.

As for the Platonic version of the song, that might be this:

yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
allllll right

so you been broken and you been hurt
show me somebody who ain’t
yeah i know i ain’t nobody’s bargain
but hell: a little touch-up, and a little paint

you might need something to hold on to
when all the answers they don’t amount to much
somebody that you can just talk to
and a little of that human touch

i just want to feel you in my arms
and share a little of that human touch
share a little of that human touch
feel a little of that human touch and
feel a little of that human touch
share a little of that human touch, and now
feel a little of that human touch
give me a little of that human touch, and yes
give me a little of that human touch

heeeeeeeeeynow

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